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MetroFresh

Dear friends, I just went to an amazing fundraiser for an organization called DIG, which stands for Development in Gardening. This non profit NGO has been around for a decade and was started by two returned Peace Corps Volunteers. It's an amazingly effective organization with a limited budget that builds gardens in multiple countries in Africa. They teach sustainable farming techniques, water conservation, and basically how to grow food in extremely challenging environments. Each garden program they fund takes care of 40 families in the village, which translates into about 200 people. Not only are these families able to live on the food they grow, they use the surplus at market to supplement their income. The stories are amazing, the people are beautiful, and, yes, I did get carried away.

At the end of the evening, they get into real fund raising mode. They were trying to raise $30,000, which will go to build 6 garden programs. There were several levels of giving but the first one was the whole tomato, as it were. For five grand, you could essentially buy a garden program for a village in Kenya or Uganda. And here's where I got carried away. I bought one! And I'm giving it to you, my MetroFresh family. We've adopted a garden. My commitment is to give $1 for every hot quart we sell and $5 for every quart from Saturday's Soup Sale from now until the money is raised. We'll have one of those fundraising thermometers to track our goal. But here's where you come in.

It's the season of giving and I know you'll feel great about yourself if you play a small part in MetroFresh's DIG garden in Africa. We'll have a cash donation jar, but if you want to throw in a check, I'm happy to accept your donations on behalf of DIG or you can donate online HERE. At the end of the day, we'll be able to watch that garden grow. And isn't that what life is all about?

Sincerely,

Mitchell Anderson (Founder and Owner of MetroFresh) 

 

Donate to the DIG MetroFresh Garden HERE (Select Donate Without Sponsoring a Team or Individual)

 

Giving Levels Breakdown

$5,000 = A DIG Community Garden Program

  • Supports 40 families (200 people)
  • Develops a community demonstration garden
  • Provides experiental training throughout a full garden cycle from soil to seed to harvest (6 months)
  • Each family gets support developing a home garden
  • Matching grants for garden materials
  • Tool sets and seeds

$1,000 = Hiring a Local Faciliator

For every project, DIG trains and hires a full-time Local Facilitator who speaks the language, knows the community and understands the traditional customs. Easily accepted and admired, Facilitators guide, teach new skills, and are crucial to the success of every DIG Project. By supporting one life, you change many.

$500 =  Support Grants for Farmers

For each family that DIG graduates through our Garden Training Program, they have a chance to purchase critical garden materials and supplies that they need to make their new agribusiness thrive through our Matching Input Support Grant Program splitting the cost 50/50.

$250 = A Complete Home Garden with Customized Water Solution

Nourishing a thirsty garden is often the greatest challenge to good nutrition and food security. DIG’s diverse water solutions can lessen the burden of having to haul water, sometimes for miles, and to mitigate drought. Solutions are tailored to fit the individual needs of our farmers, and include hand-dug wells, storage barrels, roof gutters, treadle pumps, channeling water from nearby rivers and streams, rain catchment systems, lined pits and a myriad other creative solutions to maximize this precious resource.

$100 = A Home Garden

DIG farmers are encouraged to take the new skills they learn at the Community Garden and put them to work at home as well.
DIG sponsors Home Gardens with small grants to purchase tools and supplies. Our local facilitators assist each and every farmer with planning and design, so that even the smallest spaces can become nutrient-rich, thriving home gardens.

For every $100 invested in a DIG Home Garden, our families are able to earn or save over $300 a year.

$50 = A Set of Garden Tools

Gardening can be back-breaking work, so having the right tools are essential. Provide DIG’s gardeners with the strong sturdy tools they need to break ground and maintain their gardens for years to come. Tool sets include rakes, shovels, picks, pitchforks, hoes, small spades and machetes.

$40 = Herb Garden

Herbs are highly valued in a DIG garden. Besides making food delicious, herbs are filled with all kinds of vitamins, calcium, iron, potassium, and more. They are used widely in local remedies for settling upset stomachs, controlling diarrhea, increasing appetite, relieving stress and other minor maladies. 

$30 = Fruit Trees

When you plant fruit trees like papaya, banana, mango, and others, you’re proving shade, beauty, and increased financial value for the garden. You’re also ensuring years of delicious nutrient-rich fruits for the communities they feed. With good nutrition and greater financial stability, opportunities can take root.

$10 = Seed Packets

The once traditional practice of saving seeds has been lost on many new farmers. Local seed banks have been replaced with city-run agriculture stores filled with hybrid varieties and chemical fertilizers. DIG is committed to reconnecting farmers with the miracle of the open pollenating seed that can be harvested and replanted for a lifetime.

 

 

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